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Historic Photo, The Trolley Barn, in Inman park, a historic neighborhood in Atlanta, Georgia
 

Just around the corner from the Woodruff House, the Trolley Barn opened in August, 1889, as the service and housing facility for Atlanta's first electric street railway line, running from the heart of downtown Atlanta to Inman Park, Atlanta's new garden suburb.

 

 

Inman Park, a historic neighborhood in Atlanta, Georgia

Inman Park was the first planned residential community developed in Atlanta by Joel Hurt in the late 19th century. Architecturally, Inman Park is one of very few neighborhoods in Atlanta in which buildings of the late 19th century remain as a group, providing visual unity to the district. Along its streets are fine examples of 19th century High Victorian Queen Anne, late Victorian colonial and classical revival styles and early 20th century bungalow forms. This "streetcar suburb" shows the influence of Frederick Law Olmsted, America’s foremost landscape architect.

Many prominent Atlanta businessmen and community leaders built residences in Inman Park including Asa G. Candler, founder of the Coca Cola Company, Earnest Woodruff, financier and officer of the Coca Cola and his son Robert W. Woodruff, Atlanta’s famous businessman and philanthropist. Another resident was Joel Hurt, the developer of Inman Park.


  Local Facts for Inman Park, a historic neighborhood in Atlanta, Georgia
  • The fully restored Inman Park Car Barn (Trolley Barn), located one block from the Woodruff Woodruff is Atlanta’s major remaining artifact of the electric street railway era. The building is Shingle Style design, characteristic of the High Victorian period in Atlanta.

  • In 1973, the western portion of the neighborhood was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In June 1986 the eastern portion was added to the Register.

  • Springvale Park was designed in 1903 by the Olmsted brothers, landscape architects and designers of New York's Central Park, as well as Atlanta's Piedmont Park and the linear park system in the Druid Hills neighborhood.

  • Triangle Park and Delta Park are small green spaces located at the junction of Edgewood and Euclid Avenues. The focal point of Delta Park is a black, metal, cylindrical object which resembles a Victorian telephone booth. This is actually a lock-up box where an 1890s criminal would be "detailed" until the horse-drawn paddy wagon arrived to take him to jail.
  • Civil War historic markers are located throughout the neighborhood including one in front of the Woodruff House in the Springvale Park ravine where Manigault's Confederate Brigade engaged in battle with Federal troops on July 22, 1864. Other Civil War sites are within walking distance, including General Sherman's encampment, located on the present site of the Carter Center.

Butterfly, a symbol of Inman Park, a historic neighborhood in Atlanta, Georgia
The butterfly is the neighborhood’s symbol,
which reflects the transformation or metamorphosis
that has occurred since the late 1960s when the
"back to the city movement" began in Atlanta.

 

 

Related Links for Inman Park, a historic neighborhood in Atlanta, Georgia

  • History of Atlanta
    Brief city history, available from the Georgia Secretary of State
  • Inman Park
    Run by the Inman Park Neighborhood Association, neighborhood web site with information on history, landmarks, local events and issues.
  • National Register of Historic Places: Inman Park
    Good overview of history of Inman Park, particularly its Queen Anne architecture, Colonial Revival, and Shingle Style homes and bungalows.
  • The Trolley Barn
    Historic transportation structure from the early days of Inman Park, this beautifully restored building is now an event hall.